Archive for Saturday, April 21, 2007

Sebelius vetoes bill sought by doctors

April 21, 2007


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday vetoed a bill that she said would have exempted health care providers, including doctors, from the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

The bill was opposed by Attorney General Paul Morrison, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, plaintiff's attorneys and consumer groups, including Lawrence-based Kansas Advocates for Better Care.

They said the measure would make it more difficult for consumers who were wronged to seek redress. Sebelius agreed with them.

Plus, she said, "one can only expect that other professions would be encouraged to seek their own exemptions should this bill become law."

But supporters of the bill disagreed with Sebelius' description of it.

The Kansas Medical Society issued a statement saying it was "very disappointed" in Sebelius' veto.

The medical society said the measure was needed to address a narrow issue raised in a recent Kansas Supreme Court case. Without the bill, they said, more litigation will occur and that would lead to higher malpractice premiums for health care providers, which will be passed on to consumers.

When the legislative session reconvenes Wednesday, the Legislature could try to override the veto, which would require a two-thirds majority. That would take 84 votes in the 125-member House, and 27 votes in the 40-member Senate. The measure was approved earlier this month by the House 97-26 and the Senate 24-13.

"We are in the process of carefully reviewing the governor's veto message, and will be discussing the options available," the medical society said.


jmadison 11 years, 2 months ago

Sebelius true to form. She started out as a lobbyist for the trial lawyers of Kansas, and has continued to favor them throughout her career, no matter the detriment to the general population.

pelliott 11 years, 2 months ago

Thank you governor. another lone voice in Kansas for people. Thanks , i have so little hope for any voices in the legislature to speak for people. They seem to be speaking either for their churches or their corporations. Now a Governor who cares for protecting consumer rights and finally an attorney generals office willing to handle some consumer rights issues, kansans won't have to be fleeced and told too bad. Personal theft and fraud, be it through shoddy services, id theft, or fraudelant practices can wipe out a families earnings and home in a moment. If we make it a law that we can't take the people to court, even if we can prove our case, we won't getter better service for it. The law protecting a class from responsibility to you as a person is bogus. Maybe we should pass a law that everyone named George can't be sued if he robs,from you, defrauds you or sells you poisoned dog food on purpose. It will keep all the george lawsuits out of the evil lawyers hands. The courts don't come up with justice very often but to be denied even your day is court is too sophisticated for me.

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